Remind yourselves

In 2022, I would love to see a lot less of the “I hate it when people do this on my blog”…blogs. I get it’s annoying, but it just puts myself right off of Bloggers. Sometimes I have even gone to like a post, and then reminded myself that that Blogger has written that they can’t stand it when someone likes their posts but never comments.

You know what?

I have days where that’s all my brain can do. I read something I like, in the moment, I may not even know what I like about that post, I just do. Do I REALLY have to justify why I like EVERY SINGLE POST? It’s too much pressure, especially when this is supposed to be an outlet for myself.

No offence to anyone, but get yourselves.

Crushed Caramel HAS NOMINATED ME FOR THE VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD

What a better way to start a new blogging year than with a nomination!

The Rules

  1. Thank the person who gave you the award and include a link to their blog – Thank you Caramel!
  2. Tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.
  3. Select 10 -15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly and nominate those bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.

First the thank you

Thank you Crushed Caramel

7 things about yourself.

  • I am not actually sure what to write about. I am pretty open on here, it’s one of the rare places that I can open up. I guess that is something about myself, I don’t open up very well. Except when it comes to writing.
  • I would normally say to people not to drink alone, but you know something? I do! And I love it! I feel like people should never get drunk on their own. But drinking, where you dance around the house and generally have fun, yeah, you should. Unless, you’re an alcoholic of course. Then you really should not drink by yourself. It’s all about knowing yourself, and what you can/cannot handle.
  • I really honestly only enjoy celebrating Christmas. I don’t like celebrating my birthday, valentines. Although I will, last year, I completely forgot about our Anniversary. It’s in December, but this (last) year, even without Travie going missing, I just forgot completely about it.
  • This probably is not that much of a surprise to people. I want to get rid of my little “pouch” without having to do much, this year.
  • Even though I stream, I am really such a noob at gaming still. That’s why I don’t mind if you all just come and watch. I don’t mind making myself a fool to make others happy =D
  • I want my partner to spend money on his garden. So I don’t have to do it, and make it look “stable”. I just want it to look nice already. So then I can totally come in and just take care of it and don’t have to fix it up. I love the meditative state it brings with it, but I am so over it. If I can make it look nice, then he wont want to get rid of the lovely huge tree next door.
  • I really like my butt. It’s a little white girl butt, but I love it

Select 10 -15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly and nominate those bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.

I want to know more about you! If you feel like doing this as well, go for it!

Happy New Year!

  1. I ONLY made it to midnight because the cat kept grab what he could get at. I feel asleep very quickly. Went to bed feeling all achy, woke up still feeling achy. I don’t know if this is a sign of the year!

This is my very tired attempt of wishing you all a Happy New Year. While I have not into this new year with the same optimism that I did last year. After all, if you expect disappointment, you be so surprised when you get disappointment…BUT!

I think, in honour of Betty White. We should continually remind ourselves “What Would Betty White Do!”.

I am going to try and now get through some of your posts, but I am feeling just terrible and can’t sit for long. So, don’t be surprised to see me liking and commenting posts at different times today.

Also, to this beautiful WordPress Blogging community…

I must apoligise

I found myself severely lacking last week, for posting on your blog comments. We had the weirdest week last week, weather wise. It really seemed to knock people about, none of us had any idea what we could wear. Some of us would have the sheet off, then on, then off…The day would start off either really cold and rainy, or really warm and humid. So when you’d leave work, you were not prepared to get home comfortably, lol

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Lucky

Have any of you ever been grateful that you unfollowed someone’s blog? I am.

Sometimes I see some people that I used to follow, and think, how happy I am that they showed who they are. Especially, when they take a post of mine, don’t tag me in it and use my post to be a bigot.

Never Ever do that, by the way.

If you want to use my post to expose your bigotry’s, at LEAST have the decency to tag me in it. I am still shocked by the blogger who did that by the way. At first I thought they were supporting trans people … Nope … By the way, if you want to use my post to support trans people, go for it. You don’t have to tag me, IF you support trans people. You do, if you want to be a bigot towards anyone.

Honestly, even some bloggers are really stupid.

I don’t know how after all this time, people are STILL being stupid when it comes to COVID either.

Clearly people still don’t understand how viruses work.

Since the vaccine has come along, the COVID deaths and contracting it, have LOWERED.

Viruses have different variants.

Even if you do survive having COVID, we are still seeing long term effect from people who “survive” COVID.

WHY, for the love of GOD, are people STILL being stupid about it?

In all honesty, every single time I see someone say something like “COVID, is not that fatal” or “children rarely die from COVID”…I want to smack them in the face. Yes, children rarely die from COVID…But there’s that word, RARELY…ONE death of a child, from a virus, we are trying to control, SHOULD, be enough for ANYONE to say “What can I do”.

My great grandmother, got polio and survived. She lost half a leg, and her pelvis became twisted, but she survived and she did live a good life. She still got all the shots, she got her children and grand children, all the shots. I’m sure she would have made us get all the shots too.

THAT’S WHAT CARING PEOPLE DO!

Happy Anniversary to Me!

An incredible 8 years I’ve been blogging, and my…haven’t we had someone fun!

The modern wedding 8th-anniversary gifts are linen and lace, which represent durability and intricate craftsmanship.

My goodness, it doesn’t feel like 8 years! It feels like less. Time flies when you’re having fun…

Does the Number 8 mean anything?

Of all the numbers in Numerology, the number 8 is the achiever and measures life by the goals it reaches. 

Eight is a symbol of infinity and a constant flow of energy and power. It is often related to material wealth, money, and success in business. Also, number 8 is representing pleasures, and the dark side of this figure is just that – excessive usage of vices.

The number 8 is considered the luckiest of numbers in China and they believe the more 8’s the better.

I LOVE BLOGGING!!!

I ADORE blogging! When I hate Facebook, Twitter, Instagram…I can always rely on WordPress…Through WordPress I have developed my Discord channel for Book Readers, I found out about Goodreads. Through following other bloggers, I have been inspired myself to write again. By writing I don’t mean my blog (lol) but I have continued on with my stories. I try to write poetry, I have joined a few blogging challenges.

WordPress has the best interactive platform. I’ve “met” so many lovely bloggers, and I like to think of some of us as friends. Who one day, I hope to meet!


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Blogging Inspiration

I want to hear about some of the different and “weird” moment, you’ve been inspired to write a post blog. You can say the shower, but I’m thinking more along the lines of:

As an example, I was recently inspired to write a blog post about my generation and protesting, and how we’ve haven’t really had many things to passionately protest about. All while I was looking for coat hangers for clothes. But then in turned to also write this blog post.

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Sunshine Blogger

So far I am starting off feeling 2020, actually pretty alright. Despite all the terrible things,lol

The Sunshine Blogger Award

The Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to him/her.
  2. Answer 11 questions provided by the blogger who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
  4. Notify the nominees by commenting on one of their blog posts.
  5. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your blog post.Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to him/her. (Check)

I was nominated by the lovely “The Wee Writing Lassie” (head over and check her out!) I would really honestly like to thank her, because she has come up with some amazing questions! Questions that did make me happy =D I am completely honoured that she nominated myself.

My Questions

  1. Who is your favorite author? I don’t know which list would be shorter for me. Every year I end up reading a book from a couple of new authors. I am one of those people who when you see “recommended” I put it on my tbr list. Interestingly, haven’t found a author I haven’t really liked yet.
  2. If you could rule one of these five fictional/mythical lands: the Galaxy of Star Wars, King Arthur’s Britain, Westeros, Middle-Earth or Discworld – which one would it be and why? Oh gosh, that is a really good list. My top two would be King Arthurs’ Britain or Middle-Earth. I think, by process of elimination though, I would want to rule in Middle Earth. Because isn’t Middle Earth, just a better (haha) version of King Arthur’s world?
  3. If you had the powers of a god, what would you do with them? The first thing I would do is come to Earth and give those “Christian Conservatives” a piece of my mind! Stop using our friends name is vain, when they’re not even Christ-like to begin with!
  4. Which famous historical figure would you have round to dinner? Oh, this like the first couple of questions!lol. There are so many choices! I think though I would have to have W. Shakespeare, I found out something recently, that has made me think that he wasn’t just a great writer. I found out that at a time where most people were writing about the Jewish people, kind of like Hitler would. Shakespeare was writing about the Jewish people and how OTHERS were treating them. How they had no problem asking for money from the Jewish people, but would call them “dog” and spit on them in the streets.
  5. You’ve been abducted by aliens, and they demand that you take them to your leader – who do you take them to? Well, if they are nice aliens I am taking them to Adern and Obama. If they are more the “probing” type, Johnson, Trump, Putin and Morrison.
  6. If there was a film made of your life story, which famous actor would you want to play you? Living or Dead? Living, I would want it to be Drew Barrymore. Some may say that I look more like Natalie Portman, and I wish that I looked more like Liv Tyler. However I feel that Drew Barrymore is more “me”. Well she’s more me now, than when she was younger. If someone could come back to life, it’d have to be Audrey Hepburn.
  7. If you were trapped in a historical time (presumably your time machine has malfunctioned) what period would you be most likely to survive in? I don’t think I could honestly survive any other time that now. I’m too “weird” for the other times and I don’t want to be any other way.
  8. What is your favorite kind of weather and why? I love Spring type weather, it’s not overly hot like Summer. It does have a warmer wind, unlike Winter. You can wear a dress and a skirt, if you want. You can put it with a cute jacket though.
  9. Chocolate or Caramel? Why not both?lol…I think I am more caramel than chocolate, but at the same time. Sometimes caramel can be really rich and sickly.
  10. If you could turn into any mythical creature, which one would it be? As my Gran calls me “as rare as the Unicorn, is the maiden of fair spirit”. A Pegasus Unicorn creature. As much as I would love to be a Dragon, they are huge and they tend to only need to eat meat.
  11. Who are you most grateful to in your life? I am grateful for literally everyone in my life, even the bad ones. Each person is here to teach us a lesson.

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The Nominees

If you read this and you like the questions, please feel free to do this as well! Please, also check out the nominees blogs as well!

BereavedSingleDad
By Hook or By Book
Positively Devoted
Life Lessons from Around the Dinner Table
Sparks from a combustible mind
View from the back
This is my Truth now
The Little Mermaid
Amanda Cade
A Better Man
Jim Noonan – Living the Writing Life

My questions for my nominees (and others):

  1. Do you have a book crush, and who is it?
  2. Is there a music video clip that you wish you could have been apart of, and in what way?
  3. Do you also make up random characters in movies? Like, as an example, you pretend that Lord of the Ring or The Hobbit has a “race” of Sorceress of women?…Not that I do that or anything. 
  4. Which Myth or Fairy tale story is your favourite? From any era.
  5. Do you have a favourite book series?
  6. Do you prefer plot-based or character driven stories?
  7. What is the best thing about Blogging for you?
  8. What do you think makes your Blog, unique?
  9. When you are fully relaxed and there are no chores (or even there are, but they’re not urgent) What do you look most forward to, when you can relax?
  10. What is a favourite recipes of yours? You don’t have to actually make it yourself. 
  11. What is something you are looking forward too? It can be anything! Dinner, a birthday, an upcoming event, a holiday. 

The Sunshine Blogger Award.

The Sunshine Blogger Award Rules :

  • Thank the blogger (s) who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog.
  • List the rules and display an award logo on your blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger (s) asked you.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers to receive the award and notify them by commenting on any of their posts.
  • Ask the nominees 11 new questions.

Thank you to Life Lessons Around the Dinner Table for tagging me in this tag. A beautiful writer with a beautiful soul…Hope that doesn’t sound too creepy!lol

Kristians Questions:

  1. What fictional world would you like to explore if you could? Without question, the world of Tolkien. Kristian and I were talking about this. I like Harry Potter, but I am a Tolkien girl. It’s just more beautiful to me. I want to be an Elf, sorceress.
  2. What is your idea of a perfect day? Waking up on cool on a Spring morning, at my leisure. It also depends, some days the perfect day is doing nothing, other days, having a good clean out. A nice shower. Probably a combination of reading, playing games and blogging. Eating nice home cooked food, without me making it!
  3. If you could be a professional athlete in any sport, what sport would you play? I have always wanted to be really good at ice skating. I think its been ever since I saw a movie from my childhood called “Fire and Ice”. It’s an ice skating movie with Dean and Torvill. I love it! I have it on DVD , but you can’t skip chapters and it’s really hard to get too.
  4. What is your favorite joke? I’m not sure whether to admit this or not, but I actually enjoy those Christmas cracker jokes.
  5. What movie(s) can you watch over & over again? Moulin Rouge, Phantom of the Opera, Beauty and the Beast, Robin Hood:Men in Tights, Transformers (all of them), The Mummy 1 and 2,  and any of the Rush Hour movies.
  6. What are your New Year resolutions, and if you don’t have any, what are some long term goals you hope to achieve?
  7. Is there a meaning behind your name? If so, what is it? Not so much a meaning, but I was named after Lauren Bacall. A Golden Hollywood Era actress (think Bogart and Bacall). There is an actual meaning behind Lauren it means “Laurel of Wreath”, but I wasn’t named for that.
  8. If you could master one skill, what would that skill be? Non magic skill – Driving well (lol). Magic – time. More like a click of the fingers, I can here to there.
  9. What is your favorite Disney movie? It’s between The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast and Pocahontas.
  10. In your opinion, what movie has the best soundtrack? It’d have to be between ‘The Lion King’ and ‘Lord of the Rings.’ They’re so different and they are beautiful for different reasons.
  11. What snacks can you just not live without? I’ve just discovered some new ones. There these chips called “Pop’d Chips” and I LOVE their sweet chilli and sour cream flavour. They are really light and I could very easily eat an entire packet in one go. Actually all the snack type things I’ve been really liking lately are sweet chilli and sour cream flavour.

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11 Nominees

(Please don’t feel any pressure to do so and if I didn’t nominate you, but you still want too do the questions. Feel free!)

My Questions:

  1. What fictional world would you like to explore if you could? (I”m going to keep this question, it’s such a nice question).
  2. Are you more of a beach, country, suburb or city person?
  3. When it comes to charity, how do you like to do it? By “do it” I mean do you like to participate, or do you like to give instead? (With the Australian bushfires, I’ve noticed that there are so many different ways to help).
  4. Do you know where your last name comes from? If so, where from?
  5. My partner is currently looking for his first home. If you had unlimited money, what would you want in your house?
  6. If you cook, or your partner cooks for guests, what is a favourite meal you like to cook or have cooked for others?
  7. Do you want to go on American Ninja Warrior?
  8. Is there a non-sport, non-“reality” tv show that you are obsessed with, which ones?
  9. With everything that’s going on, what is ONE thing you wish you could change, to make it a bit easier for everyone at the moment?
  10. Do you have a favourite superhero, or someone you think, who is a real human being, who is a superhero? (That was a lot of comma’s)lol.
  11. If you accidentally walked into a group of lions, would you be this calm? (Watch from 1:20).

The Secret life of a Book blogger

I admit, I completely stole this from The Tattooed Book Geek. I thought though, that it was too much of a challenge and looked like a lot of fun to pass over!

So here are my answers to “The Secret Life of a Book Blogger“.

How long have you been blogging?

I have been blogging for about 3-4 years now. I started my Blog as a school project for a social media type class. Not only had I never of WordPress up to that but I hadn’t even heard the term “Blogging” at that point. I was happily to find that Blogging wasn’t just necessarily a “diary”. I thought what most people were blogging about were geniuses!

At what point do you think you’ll stop blogging?

I’m not sure to be completely honest with you. I enjoy it so much, so I’d had to imagine that it’d be something pretty serious to make me stop blogging.  Blogging is one of my outlets, so it’d be hard to imagine not to be blogging. Even those weeks where I’m sick or busy. I usually sit down for a couple of hours and try to write something.

What is the best thing about blogging?

The Blogging community. I kid you not, if it weren’t for the other people that would be another reason to not Blog anymore. I have “met” so many like-minded individuals. I just wrote a post recently, if there was some way to set up a “chat” or forum for people who Blog to chat. Some people I follow now I would consider to be a friend. I feel sane when I’m on here, even if we don’t totally agree. The discussions are respectable, rather than name calling like Twitter or Facebook.

What is the worst thing? what do you do to make it okay?

I actually really have to think about it. There’s isn’t too much that is the “worst”. There are things that are more annoying, rather than the “worst”. The Tattooed Book Geek wrote something about Blog tours, but I’m not even sure what that is?lol

How long does it take you to make/find pictures to use?

It honestly depends on why I’m using the picture, sometimes a picture can inspire a post.  Sometimes as I’m writing, I find something that I think fits well. There isn’t a “time limit” really. I like to put something in, to make it a bit more interesting, but not every time.

Who is your book crush?

Will Herondale. His character is the one that first got me onto the World of Shadowhunters, and it’s been amazing to see how many authors I now enjoy because of this one novel. Will Herondale introduced me to the world of Young Adults and the whole magic and annoying love triangles…But mainly magic!

What author would you like to have on your blog?

There are quiet a few that would be exciting, but I don’t really think my Blog is that way inclined.

What do you wear when you write your blog posts?

I don’t have a particular outfit. Mainly because I am constantly writing and editing my blog posts, so sometimes I’ll be at home. Sometimes I’ll be at work. I would love to be able to say some fabulous outfit, but it’s more like…whatever,lol

How long does it take you to prepare?

Oh it can take anywhere from 20 minutes to a couple of days. I tend to start writing an idea for a blog. Then I’ll constantly edit it until it’s ready to go. It’s very unusual for me to start one and finish it the same day. I can though start a couple. On the weekends, I tend to start writing a couple of idea that I have. Then over the week I will edit them. The only thing that’s really constant is when I know that a blog is being posted soonish, I will work on them in order. For example, I started to write this one about a week ago and I was working on it today. Yet, there is one tomorrow that I have to finish off that I’ll work after this one. Then another that I’ll work on that’s being posted on Wednesday.

How do you feel about the blogging community?

I feel like I’ve answered this question a few times already but once more won’t hurt. They’re the best. You get a few who try and spoil it for the majority but they are harmless really. Their hearts are usually in the right place but their mouths (or fingers) aren’t, if you get what I mean. How did that sound so weird…? The blogging community are such a supportive and engaging presence that contains people from all walks of life. People who read all sorts of books and share their opinions in many different ways. I wouldn’t be where I am without them.

What do you think one should do to create a successful blog?

I agree with the Tattooed Book Geek about this question. There is no one simple answer to this question. It also depends on what you determine to be successful.

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If you wish to do this blog post yourself, I grouped the questions together. So then you have the choice to copy and paste my questions and answers, or you can copy and paste the questions in one go.

How long have you been blogging?
At what point do you think you’ll stop blogging?
What is the best thing about blogging?
What is the worst thing? what do you do to make it okay?
How long does it take you to make/find pictures to use?
Who is your book crush?
What author would you like to have on your blog?
What do you wear when you write your blog posts?
How long does it take you to prepare?
How do you feel about the blogging community?
What do you think one should do to create a successful blog?